Ford Ponders Diesel, Hybrid Versions of the Mustang to Meet Fuel Efficiency Guidelines
December 9, 2013 10:12 AM
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Mustang could get diesel power in the future
Ford unveiled the new
earlier this month and with the unveiling of the new car also came a new engine. The 2015 Mustang will get the fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that will generate roughly 305 hp and around 305 lb-ft of torque. It will be the first 4-cylinder turbo Mustang since the SVO version in the Fox body generation of the Pony car.
Ford has yet to offer official mileage estimates for the EcoBoost engine in the 2015 Mustang, but it is expected to be one of the most fuel efficient engines in its class.
However, EcoBoost isn't the only green tech that Ford is considering for the Mustang. Ford has said that it is considering a future for the Mustang that could see diesel power, hybrid, or fully-electric versions of the car. Many high-end supercars – like the
Porsche 918 Spyder
-- are utilizing hybrid systems for fuel efficiency and improved performance.
The new Lexus RC coupe will
also be available in a hybrid version
Traditionally, the Mustang wasn’t a car purchased for its fuel efficiency. The 2015 Mustang is designed from the ground up to be a world car and options such as diesel engine would make the care more appealing
Ford Global powertrain boss Bob Fascetti said, "We’re not looking at diesel at the moment, but given where we need to go with fuel consumption we are looking at all our options, and diesel is one of those options, along with hybrids and electric."
The future for the Mustang will likely see new transmissions as well. Ford and GM are currently working on a joint project to develop new nine and ten-speed automatic transmissions to improve fuel economy.
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1/13/2014 12:46:32 AM
Calling their EU consumption testing program worthless is a little like the pot calling the kettle black.....
This is really funny with everyone in the auto industry knowing that the current epa consumption test is even more useless. The current EPA consumption test is especially useless on auto diesels & small displacement gasoline and automatic transmissions equipped cars/autos...
On the current EPA test on light duty diesels rating data, there is a admitted error in test procedure papers from the EPA a error of 20-29+% low below real world on diesel powered autos.
The current city rating on the Passat diesel are as much as 30-40 % low on manual trans equipped models, 20-30% low on autobox equipped models. And the mixed numbers are 20-25% low below real world. And on the highway rating, the manual trans model is 25-30%low. With the highway autobox numbers being 15-25% low. The EU rating of 35-36 city/40-45 mixed/48-54 highway more matching the real world( automatic(DSG on right)/6spd man on left, numbers converted from L/100km EU ratings).
This is just one example of how far off the current EPA rating system is compared to real world and other rating systems around the world. The US system is also a sort of honor system that this article fails to point out. Two automakers got into trouble last year for overestimating rating numbers, in their honor based system....
The EPA also claims in their flawed rating system that there is no difference in consumption numbers between a manual trans and an automatic equipped models. The real world data shows there is a 10-15% minimum low error in the ratings on manual trans equipped models real world.
And that error in the EPA rating on manual trans models with diesel and small displacement gasoline powered units is even more pronounced. Current rating numbers by the EPA are showing lower than real world by as much 25-30% in manual trans models with diesel & small displacement gasoline power.
There is a similar false claim in the current EAP rating system of manual trans gasoline powered autos getting similar or less than automatic trans offerings with similar power.
The real world data shows that gasoline powered autos with automatic transmissions are over estimated by at least 15-20% above real world in most conditions, higher in more city driving loops....
Then even though they lowered the expectations of hybrids the current rating still overestimates consumptions numbers by 20% above what will ever be seen in the real world...
All this while the much maligned in the above quoted article EU at least returns numbers that in the real world return come close to the real world. Closer than the EPA rating has ever returned!!!
One should look at our own rating system before we start to throw rocks at someone elses system.....
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